A total of $2 million in street and sidewalk improvements are coming to downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District neighborhood, City Councilman Jose Huizar announced Tuesday.
The improvements are part of Huizar’s DTLA Forward initiative and include repairing more than 13,000 square feet of sidewalks on Los Angeles Street between Seventh Street and Olympic Boulevard, and installing 18 pedestrian lights, 27 new trees, new ADA curb ramps, 14 high visibility crosswalks, new trash cans and two curb extensions at existing mid-block crosswalks on Los Angeles Street between Seventh and Eighth streets and Eighth and Ninth streets.
Funding for the improvements comes from a $1.9 million Metro Call for Projects grant, with the Fashion District Business Improvement District providing an additional $50,000 to the project.
“Our greatest achievements in the city of Los Angeles no doubt come from partnerships forged with local stakeholders to bring improvements to our communities,” Huizar said. “Today is another example of our commitment in downtown Los Angeles and throughout Council District 14 to support `Complete Streets’ strategies that prioritize pedestrians and multi-modal users as much as cars.”
Huizar’s office said that over the last few years, the Bureau of Street Services has worked closely with the Fashion District BID and the councilman’s office designing the streetscape to meet the community’s needs. The Fashion District BID’s direct participation has been critical to the project’s success, along with the support of the Board of Public Works and the BSS, according to Huizar’s office.
“The LA Fashion District BID has been working to make this project happen for 10 years,” said Rena Masten Leddy, Fashion District BID executive director. “We are excited to see it completed and to have improved amenities on Los Angeles Street. Los Angeles Street is a street in transition and having walkable sidewalks, enhanced landscaping, ADA accessibility, and an overall friendly pedestrian environment is key for the success of all businesses on this street. These kinds of projects are good not only for the neighborhood, but for the entire community.”
The DTLA Forward initiative aims to improve traffic flow, pedestrian and bicyclists’ access and safety while increasing green and public space in downtown Los Angeles.